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The doctoral degree is the highest degree awarded by a university. It is granted only upon evidence of general proficiency and of distinctive attainment in a special field of study. The student must demonstrate ability for independent investigation. The dissertation, which comprises the final requirement of the degree, embodies creative scholarship, and must add new knowledge to the field of study.
For the purposes of AU FGS guidelines, a ‘doctoral degree’ refers to both a Doctorate and a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
Updated October 29, 2014 by Student & Academic Services